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Via Zoom: Co-Director Sarah Burns on PBS Doc Series ‘Muhammad Ali’

CHICAGO – Say the name “Ken Burns” and immediately images are evoked regarding the best of American documentaries. For three films – “The Central Park Five,” “Jackie Robinson” and the latest PBS documentary series, “Muhammad Ali” – Ken’s daughter Sarah Burns co-directed with him. Sarah talked to Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com on the latest film about “The Greatest.”

Via Zoom: Director Michelle Bossy of ‘klutz.,’ Premiere at the 24th Dances With Films Festival

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CHICAGO – Director Michelle Bossy has just put her first feature film into festivals – “Under the Lantern Lit Sky.” But she also submitted her latest short film – the aptly entitled ‘klutz.,” in this case at the recent 24th Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles. Michelle Bossy is a innovative and sensitive up-and-comer, and in “klutz.” she takes on the delicate subject of mourning.

Via Zoom: Lead Actors of ‘Ma Belle, My Beauty,’ at Gene Siskel Film Center Thru Sept. 8, 2021

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CHICAGO – If you ever wondered how a polyamorous relationship might play out – in this case He-She-She – then writer/director Marion Hill has created “Ma Belle, My Beauty” as one such delving into the territory. The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the Sundance Film Festival Award Winner through September 8th, 2021.

Via Zoom: Filmmaker Chris Hudson of ‘The Mayberry Effect’

CHICAGO – Start whistling the theme to “The Andy Griffith Show” and most likely you’ll get someone to whistle along. This is the aura and the premise for the new documentary “The Mayberry Effect,” created and directed by Chris Hudson. Part tribute, part deep dive into nostalgia, the doc is all about the feeling of Mayberry and its legacy.

Via Zoom: Filmmaker/Actor Clare Cooney on Her New Short ‘Pick Up’

CHICAGO – Although this former Chicago-based actor has moved on to Los Angeles, she continues as a filmmaker with her excellent second short, “Pick Up.” Clare Cooney wrote, directed and is featured in this poignant journey, as two ex-lovers figure out their current status in the midst of the world pandemic.

Via Zoom: That’s a Wrap! Director Nick Celozzi on ‘The Class’

CHICAGO – One of the more high profile local film productions this summer was “The Class.” The film essentially reunites Anthony Michael Hall of “The Breakfast Club” with John Hughes-land, and brings him back to high school … this time as the assistant principal. “The Class” was written and directed by Nick Celozzi.

Via Zoom: Rebecca Fons of the Gene Siskel Film Center, ReOpening on August 6, 2021

CHICAGO – A cinema treasure, the Gene Siskel Film Center, reopens in-theater screenings on Friday, August 6th, 2021, the first since the pandemic closure in March of 2020. During the closure, they also named a new Director of Programming, Rebecca Fons.

Via Zoom: Kristine Stolakis on Her New Film ‘Pray Away’

CHICAGO – One of the crueler uses of psychology or religion is as a “cure” for gay or transgender or even fluid orientations to “become” heterosexual. Although this conversion therapy should never exist, the new doc “Pray Away” has filmmaker Kristine Stolakis providing the background and continued use of the therapies. The film premieres August 3rd, 2021, on Netflix.

Via Zoom: Anthony Michael Hall of ’The Class’ is Unforgettable

CHICAGO – The theme song for “The Breakfast Club” is “Don’t You Forget About Me,” and there is no way to forget iconic actor Anthony Michael Hall. After a blazing number of 1980s classics as a teenager, Hall is back in “John Hughes Land” AKA Chicagoland, currently filming here for “The Class.”

Via Zoom: CJ Hunt on His New Documentary ‘The Neutral Ground’

CHICAGO – When you are not black in America, you cannot imagine the societal indignities (to say the least) that are endured on a daily basis, both macro and micro. A new documentary on a particular indignity, “The Neutral Ground,” by first time director CJ Hunt, premieres on PBS’s “POV” on July 5th, 2021. Click for details.

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    CHICAGO – It’s time again for live theater in Chicago, and The Factory Theater – in anticipation of their 2021-22 Season – is launching “Quiet Please! It’s A Silent Auction,” an online silent auction through the month of August (the 1st-31st). An amazing array of goods and services are available for bidding, and can be accessed by clicking here.

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    CHICAGO – From villain to anti-hero to homoerotic fan fiction icon, Loki has traveled a long way from the greasy-haired megalomaniac we have come to love. For most of his cinematic character development, Loki has been a foil to Thor’s massive himbo (n.: a very attractive, often beefy male who isn’t the brightest bulb, but is still able to shine because of his good-natured attitude and respect for women. Male version of a “bimbo”) energy.

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